Tehran (IP) - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the enemies' attempts to subvert the Islamic Republic were thwarted but kept the country lagging behind further progress.

Iran PressIran News: Coinciding with the historic uprising of January 9, 1978, in the holy city of Qom, a group of people from this city met with the Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution at the Imam Khomeini's Hosseiniyya.

On January 9, 1978, the people, professors, and students of Qom seminary (south of Tehran) protested against the insult of the Pahlavi regime to the Character of the Late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The security forces of the Pahlavi regime martyred a large number of protesters.

January 9, 1978, is the beginning of a great jihad

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "The commemoration of the uprising of January 9, 1978 is repeated every year. It should also be continued, this path should continue in the future. Because the incident was a major transformational incident, it was not an ordinary incident. Keeping alive the transformative events of history is everyone's duty".

The most important points of the Leader's remarks are as follows:

" Why do we say that January 9 uprising in Qom is a transformative and historical event? Because it is the beginning of a great jihad. From here, a great Jihad began throughout the country, the goal of which was to pull dear Iran out of the West's system. Iran, which was crushed under the hands and feet of the distorted and wrong western culture and the political and military domination of the west, should pull this out, make itself independent, and revive its historical identity of Iran. The historical identity of Islam and Iran is Islamic Iran."

"In the Pahlavi regime, the Islamic identity of Iran was lost. If someone came, he would walk in the streets of Tehran, not only in Tehran, but in many other cities, and even in some places of our Mashhad, if someone walked, he/she would not feel that this is an Islamic country, that a Muslim people live here."

The strategy of the false front is to ignore or diminish these important days; our strategy is not to let such days and incidents survive. According to the false front, these days are often ignored or even denied. February 11, 1979, is rejected, November 4, 1979, the Tabriz uprising, the funeral day of Martyr Soleimani, the day of Martyr Hojjai's funeral, these are all the days of Allah.

They want to ignore this. Each of these is a torch that must be extinguished in the eyes of the false current, the false current that is in front of you, in front of this nation, in front of this revolution does not tolerate these torches, they must be destroyed and extinguished, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said. 

Foreign interventions hindered Iran's progress: Leader

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the enemies' attempts to subvert the Islamic Republic were thwarted but kept the country lagging behind further progress.

Speaking on the occasion of the January 9 uprising anniversary, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the enemies, led by the US, tried to damage the Islamic Republic of Iran through forming anti-Iran coalitions, threats, espionage, sanction, Iranophobia, Islamophobia, Shiaphobia, and above all, propaganda. 

Ayatollah Khamenei said the foreign hostilities sapped the country's power to progress, which could be fully spent on constructing the country and uprooting poverty in Iran. 

He referred to the recent unrest in the country and the goals behind it and noted: "The foreign enemies' footprint was completely clear in the recent incidents; that whenever it is said that it was due to the foreign intervention and some deny the fact and you should be blamed for that, is not correct." 

The leader highlighted the undeniable role of the Europe and US in the recent unrest and pointed out that the most viable tool of the enemies in the riots was propaganda through the use of Western-Hebrew-Arabic media and social networks. 

"Some pretended that the ones present in the riots were against the administrative and economic weaknesses of the country, but on the contrary, their goal was not to eliminate the point of weakness but to destroy the country's strengths," Ayatollah Khamenei added. 

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution considered the compensation of the enemy-caused underdevelopment possible through enhanced work mingled with faith, as advancements have been achieved in scientific, defense, and production areas. 


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